Vicarious resilience and growth in psychologists who work with trauma survivors: An interpretive phenomenological analysis.

How do psychologists experience resiliency, satisfaction, and personal growth despite the challenges of working with trauma survivors? Although many psychologists experience negative effects related to working with traumatized clients, it is important to acknowledge the potential for some to experience resiliency and growth in the face of such work. Interpretive phenomenological analysis was used to explore the lived experiences of vicarious resiliency and growth in psychologists who work with trauma survivors. In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted with 6 psychologists experienced in providing services to trauma survivors. Results revealed that participants maintained resiliency by privileging a shared journey, developing purpose and personal growth, deriving positive meaning, and serving humanity. Findings contribute to the limited literature on psychologists’ ability to foster positive outcomes for themselves, and ultimately for their clients, through focusing on resiliency, satisfaction, and growth despite the risks associated with trauma work. Implications for future research and applications to practice and are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)